If your last water bill made your eyes water, then you'll be looking for ways to save money. Your charges may simply have increased, or you may be using more water than you thought. In either case, saving water is now a priority.
If you don't know how to do this yourself, then ask a plumber to assess your plumbing system, appliances and water usage. How can a plumber help you save water and reduce your bills?
1. Check Your Plumbing for Problems
If you seem to be using more water than usual but can't pinpoint why, then you may have a leak. This can be anything from a simple dripping tap to a significant leak that you can't see, such as a breach in a concealed pipe.
While a dripping tap doesn't look serious, you'll be surprised at how much water it uses. Over a year, a dripping tap can waste up to 20,000 litres of water. This is a quick fix that your plumber might be able to do during their initial visit.
If your plumber doesn't find any obvious problems with your water system or appliances, they can dig a little deeper. Typically, they turn off anything that uses water and then check the meter. If the meter isn't running, then your water system is fine.
However, if the meter shows usage even though nothing is using water, then you may have a hidden leak. Your plumber will advise you what to do next to identify and fix the problem.
2. Recommend Water-Saving Devices
As your plumber looks at your system and appliances, they also assess water efficiency. They can recommend water-saving devices if you don't use them already.
For example, the following devices reduce the amount of water you use or use it more efficiently:
- Toilet flushes: A dual-flush system reduces water consumption. Here, one button gives a quick flush; the other gives a full flush. Quick flushes use less water, and many toilets can be retrofitted with a conversion kit. Alternatively, a water displacement device in the cistern reduces water used in any flush.
- Showers: A water-saving showerhead uses less water than regular heads. Flow restrictors reduce the intensity of water flow, so you use less water.
- Hot water recirculation: Running a tap for a long time until the water gets hot wastes water. A recirculation system warms this cold water though your hot water tank so your tap runs hot immediately.
- Rainwater collection: If you're a keen gardener, you use a lot of water on your lawn and plants. If you install a rainwater tank, you can stop using your water supply to tend your garden.
As well as giving advice on water-saving devices, your plumber can help you reduce water consumption.
3. Give Water-Saving Tips
It's easy to get into the habit of using water without thinking about it. However, simple changes can reduce consumption, and your plumber may have some helpful ideas.
For example, your plumber may recommend the following:
- Showering and bathing: Showers use less water than baths. If you like having a bath, keep water levels low. Cutting a few minutes off a shower also saves water.
- Running taps: Don't leave taps running unnecessarily. For example, you don't need running water while you brush your teeth — only turn on a tap at the beginning and end of each session. Also, don't clean vegetables or wash dishes under running water. Put some water in the sink instead.
- Washing machines and dishwashers: Don't run these appliances unless you have a full load. Lots of small loads use more water than a few full ones.
If you're worried about rising water costs or increased consumption, then call A&C Plumbing. Our plumbing services deal with all kinds of plumbing problems, big or small. We can also advise you on ways to use less water and offer a full installation service on water-saving devices.